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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Heyeku: A Fascinating New Form of Art!

No, it's not a typo; I didn't mean to spell 'haiku'. But the similarities are more than the differences. A haiku, according to Wikipedia, is a poetic form originating in Japan consisting of three lines of 5, 7, 5 syllables each. The idea of a juxtaposition or contrast should be present, often introduced in the last line.

A heyeku is a visual poem. It is a term coined by me, combining haiku + eye. Much like its textual counterpart, a heyeku consists of three segments, lasting about 5, 7, 5 seconds respectively. And, like with a haiku, the third part of a heyeku should involve a juxtaposition.

I was never too interested in video, until I got the Nikon J1, that has pretty decent video capabilities. And so, I thought to express myself this way. Below you can find one example:

For more, visit or AmateurNikon's YouTube page (subscribing to the YouTube channel will be highly appreciated!)

Hey, if you like the idea why don't you make your own? I'm sure there are videographers out there that are much better than me! I'd be happy to link to some really good ones. Hmm...maybe we should have a competition ;)

Let's see if we can promote this a little - you can help by sharing & liking this page - or any heyeku YouTube video you'll find interesting. Thanks!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Have DSLRs Destroyed Family Moments?

People younger than about 25 years old have probably no idea what I'm talking about when I say this: Remember those old days of film cameras, when you snapped photos at a party, a family occasion, or a school reunion? Remember that sweet anticipation, that kinda scary anxiety to see how photos turned out? Sometimes the result was disappointing - photos that were too dark, photos that were too bright. Photos that were too blurry. Photos with all kinds of flares and ghosts. Some (hopefully most) photos were fine. And, almost with every film, there were a few photos that were not exactly "lost", but weren't too "successful" either.

Oh, how I miss those photos...

You see (and now my younger-than-25 audience can plug back in again), we live in the digital photography era. More still, we live in the digital SLR era. What does that mean? Well, read on and let me know if you recognize yourself in any of the things listed below:

- Ah, this photo isn't tack sharp (delete)
- Hmm, this photo has too much flare (delete)
- Yikes! I look like a doofus on this one (delete)
- Argh! This photo will look better if the vase was on the left side of the table (delete) - hey everyone,  wait a sec, let's try again!

Nowadays, everything is expected to be perfect.
Digital Photography means there is no room for unexpected flare, ghosts, or reflections.
And sometimes, this is a great pity.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not some sort of a film luddite - I'm creating art and making money out of digital photography, not film. But, we must acknowledge a few things. Digital photography has done this to people in general:

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Nikon's Fastest Focusing Lens (and why You Don't Need It)

Confess: you came here trying to find which is the fastest focusing Nikkor lens for your Nikon camera, right? Or, other possible queries might have been: "Best Nikon Lens for sports", "Best Nikon Lens for birds in flight", "fastest Nikkor autofocus", and stuff like that. Give me 5 minutes of your time, it might change the way you think about photography - not to mention, it might save you money.

Taken with a slow, AF (screw-driven) consumer tele. So what? The focus is spot-on perfect
When people think of "lens performance", the first thing they think of is optical quality (usually sharpness). The second thing is almost always focusing speed. But let's take a moment to think about that, shall we?